Deadline: September 3, 2013
Rhubarb announces a playwriting contest sponsored by the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre Society and the Mennonite Literary Society, with up to $1,500 in prize money. Playwrights who self-identify as Mennonites are asked to submit original one-act plays, preferably, but not necessarily, on a Mennonite theme of up to thirty minutes. Plays cannot have been previously published or performed. Submissions of one-act plays on a Mennonite theme will also be accepted from playwrights who are not of Mennonite heritage.
First Place: $700
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $300
Patrick Friesen has published numerous books of poetry and has written several stage and radio plays, including The Shunning and The Raft have been produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg as well as in various guises across the country and on radio. His book A Broken Bowl was a finalist for the 1997 Governor General’s Award.
Maureen Hunter is one of Canada’s most accomplished playwrights. She is the author of Wild Mouth, Vinci, Atlantis, and Transit of Venus, the first Canadian play ever produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company of Britain. Her work has been produced extensively in Canada, Britain, and the U.S., by CBC and BBC Radio, and has been nominated for two Governor General’s Awards, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and the Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.
The entry fee is $20. There is a limit of two entries per playwright and copyright remains with the playwright. Please provide all contact information, including your name, address, and email on a cover sheet, without your name appearing on the entry itself. Submissions may be made by email, but a hard copy must follow. Email submissions to Victor Enns at [email protected]. Please make cheques out to “Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre.” Send cheques and address hard copy entries to
2802-1 Evergreen Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0E9.
Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre (WMT) is a not-for-profit amateur community-theatre company founded on the traditions of community service and a love of theatre. WMT productions range from dramas and comedies to musicals and operas, including both classic and contemporary plays, as well as new plays on Mennonite stories or themes by local writers. A sample of the plays WMT has presented over the past 40 years are: Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People; Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound; Henri Enns’s adaptation of Rosemarie; Franz Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe; William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Carol Shield’s Departures and Arrivals; and Ben Wiebe’s The Right Reason.